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UT coordinating a €2.8M project to improve offshore infrastructure resilience

While the EU is pushing for innovations to maintain Europe's leading position in renewable energy and become climate-neutral by 2050, it becomes imperative to evaluate the potential impacts of offshore geohazards on these critical infrastructures. The EU-funded doctoral network, led by Prof. Vanessa Magnanimo in collaboration with Dr. Hongyang Cheng and Prof. Stefan Luding at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, consists of 10 individual research projects aimed to improve offshore infrastructure resilience against geohazards towards a changing climate (POSEIDON).

POSEIDON will undertake fundamental research across multidisciplinary and multisector in multiple functional and operational scales. And quantify the complexities and nuances that exist in the current designs of offshore critical infrastructures (OCIs) such as wind turbines and submarine pipelines and cables. The consortium will deliver 10 professionally trained next-generation Doctoral Candidates (DC's) to develop a step change in our capacity to identify, map, assess and predict offshore geohazards. This interlinked project will produce ground-breaking methods to prevent, mitigate and boost the resilience of current offshore infrastructure under a changing climate.

The research programme will undertake critical research across various scales, from submarine mass movements to the impact of induced tsunamis to offshore infrastructures, based on a holistic understanding of the geological and geotechnical conditions. Connecting all these relevant scales will eventually ascertain the pathways and grow our capacity for the enhancement of the existing and the robust development of new offshore infrastructure in the frame of safety and resiliency.


In addition to the informed design and implementation of the novel physical/numerical modelling and lab studies, our approach is unique in the utilisation of state-of-the-art data science technologies (e.g. data mining, machine learning, etc.) to their full potential. Only through this systematic approach, can we achieve the objectives of understanding the physical processes affecting the impact of offshore geohazards on offshore critical infrastructures and developing novel models to assist the design of future OCIs.

The DC's will enjoy a highly integrated, interdisciplinary and intersector training environment, enriched through secondments with the network of non-academics. POSEIDON enables critical learning across all training aspects to ensure that comprehensive, robust and implementable solutions are obtained and validated to face the increasing demand for the climate resilience of future offshore infrastructures. 

POSEIDON is funded by Horizon Europe (HORIZON) through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Networks (MSCA-DN). With 16 beneficiaries and partners from seven European countries (The Netherlands, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and UK), POSEIDON will cover the full spectrum of training activities on scientific and transferable skills. The participating universities include the University of Twente, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Universität Bremen, Institute Francais de Recherche Pour l’Exploitation de la Mer, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Libera University of Bolzano, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, OSLOMET – STORBYUNIVERSITETET, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Warwick, and University of Liverpool. The industry partners are Cathie Associates, Optum Computational Engineering, State of the Art Engineering B.V., and DNV. 

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